The optimization imperative
UMTS network deployments are gathering pace;at the start o 2008, there were 203 UMTSnetworks in operation across 85 countries aroundthe world with 67 more systems either in planningor deployment stages . And, service providers,whether a 2G network operator planning thelaunch o 3G systems or an operator with existing3G architecture, ace an important issue: how toprotect QoS or the network and QoE or the userwhen demand or broadband data in particular isspiraling. Revenues rom data (excluding SMS)exceeded $10bn in the rst quarter o 2007 alone.Furthermore, it’s predicted that over hal theworld’s Internet users will use their mobile phoneto access the Web by 2011 . And when estimatingthe overall market or 3G services, InormaTelecoms and Media projects that, by 2012, therewill be 1.3 billion UMTS/HSPA connections. Thechallenge or service providers is that, just asthey demand clear calls, subscribers will expectpromised data perormance rates to be achieved.3G service providers must thereore squeezeoptimum data capacity rom increasingly complex,multilayered systems. Many o our customersreport that they must achieve this goal whilebalancing other vital commercial demands– especially the expectation that eciencies inthe network and across the business must begenerated to cut TCO against a backdrop o anincreasingly competitive environment. Technologyis a fexible and innovative ally in the drive toaddress these challenges, especially when itcomes to the new intelligent processes to optimizenetworks that are discussed below.
The QoS imperative:Maintaining 2G networkperormance while deployingUMTS 900
A critical breakthrough in the drive to enhanceoptimization is the capture oMeasurement Reports (MRs) to analyze and makeimprovements to network perormance. MRs areautomatic status updates sent rom subscriberhandsets every 480 milliseconds. The inormationprovides billions o records per collection period,providing an accurate picture o the RF landscapeand the real user experience.
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Optimization: Essential capabilities toexpect rom potential partners
Whatever network a service provider operates, we’ve identifeda “must-have” list o capabilities that either we believe areessential to improve network perormance or are regularly askedor by customers. These include the ability to:
• Ensure geo-location o subscriber data to accurately identiy bothoutdoor and indoor network trafc distribution and QoE so as notto over-dimension or outdoor use• Maintain and manage the GSM KPI perormance or QoS and QoEwhile de-risking the deployment o UMTS 900• Be “vendor neutral”; so that perormance improvements can beapplied across all vendors’ inrastructure• Automatically collate end-user data rom a total end-to-endnetwork view to support inormed and rapid “time toperormance” changes• Provide solutions to optimize all areas o the network especiallywhere high density challenges exist• Guarantee risk and reward: Optimization partners should beconfdent o improving networks to such an extent that they willaccept risk and rewards terms based on meeting predefned KPIsor QoS and QoE.